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Becoming Cary Grant (2017)

For the first time one of Hollywood's greatest stars tells his own story, in his own words. From a childhood of poverty to global fame, Cary Grant, the ultimate self-made star, explores his own screen image and what it took to create it.

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Mark Kidel

Writers:

Mark Kidel (co-writer), Nick Ware (co-writer)
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Director: Mark Kidel
Stars: Cary Grant, Barbara Harris
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Kidel Mark Kidel ... Commentator (voice)
Cary Grant ... Himself (archive footage)
Frank Sinatra ... Himself (archive footage)
Judy Balaban Judy Balaban ... Herself
Mark Glancy Mark Glancy ... Himself, film historian, Queen Mary University of London
David Thomson David Thomson ... Himself, film historian and critic
Barbara Hutton Barbara Hutton ... Herself (archive footage)
Betsy Drake ... Herself (archive footage)
Elsie Leach Elsie Leach ... Herself (archive footage)
Dyan Cannon ... Herself (archive footage)
Jennifer Grant ... Herself
Barbara Harris ... Herself (as Barbara Jaynes)
Jonathan Pryce ... Cary Grant (voice)
Fiona MacKenzie Fiona MacKenzie ... Elsie Leach (voice)
José Fumanal José Fumanal ... Dr. Hartman's office
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The future star grow up as Archie Leach, son of a tailor in Bristol, but was traumatized when his parent's marriage broke down, leading to his father leaving for another and the bottle, his mother utterly abandoning him to be raised by an aunt. A friend introducing him as knave to the variety theatre, he joined a traveling company and on their first-ever tour overseas stayed behind in New York. He gradually made his way I-on Broadway as handsome antagonist, until offered a Hollywood contract with Paramount, which proved rather disappointing, but he went on to become a major star, brilliant under directors like Hitchcock who tapped into his commoner past. Several marriages brought mostly frustration, like the reconciliation with his mother, whom he put up in an English home, only his daughter proved a relationship for life. Written by KGF Vissers

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France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 2017 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Cary Grant - Der smarte Gentleman aus Hollywood See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

EUR380 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Connections

Features My Favorite Wife (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Winding Back The Years
Composed by Anders Johan Greger Lewen
(P) & © Chappell Recorded Music Library Ltd
Courtesy of Universal Publishing Production Music France
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Many holes in story.
12 June 2017 | by giovannitxSee all my reviews

How can you do this "documentary" without discussing the years he lived with Randolph Scott. I heard not one reference to this part of his life. I don't know if they were gay or not, and I don't really care, but I've read they had a very close relationship.

The film is incomplete without it.


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